Indelible Ink: Native Printmaking and the Collaborative Process

February 7 to May 9, 2020

Curated by Mary Statzer, PhD.

Indelible Ink features prints created between 1993-2019 in a variety of media — lithography, screen printing, mono-printing, photogravure, and letterpress. These prints create dialogue through critiques of mainstream North American settler culture, refracted through a diverse array of imagery drawn from personal and popular references. The checklist is multigenerational, including well established artists like Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, mid-career artists like Marie Watt and Dyani Whitehawk, and relative new comers like Sara Siestreem.

Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe, b. 1979)
Exit, 2019, screenprint, on loan from Highpoint Center for Printmaking, image courtesy of Highpoint Editions and the Artist.

Julie Buffalohead (Ponca, b. 1972)
Fox Tussle, 2015, lithograph, on loan from Highpoint Center for Printmaking, image courtesy of Highpoint Editions and the Artist.

Indelible Ink explores collaboration as a generative artmaking process and a way of life. The exhibition explores themes gathered from interviews with the exhibition’s artists, as well as the printmakers with whom they have collaborated. In their interviews, the artists discuss the benefits and challenges of working with collaborating printers in the studio, which is typically a solitary place. Conversely, the publishers and printers featured in Indelible Ink shed light on the unique technical challenges of their medium, as well as their philosophy of collaboration, the artist selection process, and the complexities of collaborative art-making relationships.

Featured Artists:

Julie Buffalohead (Ponca)
Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe)
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish and Koontenai)
Wendy Red Star (Apsálooke Crow)
Ramona Sakiestewa (Hopi)
Sara Siestreem (Hanis-Coos and American)
Marie Watt (Seneca)
Dyani Whitehawk (Sičángu Lakota)
Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip)

Featured Print Studios:

Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
Fourth Dimension Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN
Segura Arts Studio, Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Sister Black Press, Minneapolis, MN
Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

Header Image: Matika Wilbur, White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers from Project 562, 2017, Aquatint and photogravure, edition 4/40, UNMAM Permanent Collection